Earlier this week, I discovered this wonderful Tell Me About Your Hometown Link-up from Amanda. This month’s theme was regional food and I have to say I loved reading the variety of foods specific to the different regions of the country.
In honor of it being Friday and a long holiday weekend, I wanted to share a few foods you will find in Kentucky.
There is only one true Derby Pie. Created and baked in Louisville Kentucky, Kerns Kitchen has the original recipe safely guarded. You will find many that try to duplicate but nothing tastes like a true Derby Pie. It’s chocolate, pecans, sugar and Kentucky Bourbon and everything that is good.
Kentucky Hot Brown
There is absolutely nothing healthy about this heavenly open faced sandwich. You will find turkey on white bread, covered with monray sauce (it’s half Gruyè and half parmesan cheese). It is baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the cheese begins to brown. It is then topped with bacon or ham and a tomato. It was created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville at a time when turkey was reserved for the holidays. It is worth every calorie.
Did you know that in ordered to be called Bourbon, it needs to be distilled in the United States, be at least 51% corn mash and aged in new, charred oak barrels?. Yes, this girl may not drink a lot of bourbon but I’ve done the Kentucky Bourbon Trail a few times and have learned a thing or two about this spirit. Kentucky celebrates bourbon via festivals and tastings on a regular basis. I think everyone should become a Maker’s Mark Ambassador, enjoy the beauty of Woodford Reserve’s Distillery and taste the small batch Four Roses!
Burgoo is a spicy stew made with pork, chicken or mutton. This is a slow cooked dish with each restaurant adding its own spices and flavors making it unique.
Ale 8 is a ginger and citrus regional soft drink bottled in Winchester Kentucky. It’s best out of the green bottle and in the past could only be purchased in Kentucky. It can now be purchased in some areas of Indiana and Ohio and it’s not uncommon for those who move out of state to ask for it to be shipped. I find the taste difficult to describe but some call it ginger-ale with a kick. The Kentucky Cocktail is a mixture of Ale-8 and bourbon.
What are some of your favorite regional foods?
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Have a great holiday weekend.